Corruption in Philippine Government Worsened in 2019
ILLUSTRATOR ROLAND MAE TANGLAO
The Philippines ranked 113th of 180 countries surveyed on their perceived political integrity, according to the latest report of corruption watchdog Transparency International or TI, which regularly monitors the status of corruption in governments around the world using its corruption perception index or CPI.
The CPI uses a score of zero to 100, with 100 as very clean and zero as highly corrupt.
For 2019, the Philippines scored 34 points, which is two points lower than its 2018 score of 36. Countries that had the same score as the Philippines are Kazakhstan, Nepal, Eswatini, and Zambia.
Sierra Leone is right behind the Philippines with 33 points, followed by Niger, Pakistan, and Moldova with 32 points each.
Somalia is perceived to be the most corrupt country in the world, with only 9 points. For many years, Somalia was considered a failed state with no functional government.
Countries that Scored Higher than the Philippines
Among the countries that obtained higher scores than the Philippines in the CPI are Ethiopia, Gambia, Vietnam, and Tanzania with 37 points each, Sri Lanka with 38 points, and Serbia with 39 points.
Denmark and New Zealand ranked highest with 87 points each, followed by Finland with 86 points, and Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland with 85 points.
To download and view Transparency International’s full CPI report, click here.